A Room With Empty Tables and Chairs


A couple of Sundays ago, I visited one of the hottest tourist areas of Panama City.  I’m referring to Via Argentina.    Amongst its many restaurants flanking the street, only one really caught me eye because of its attractive decorations using typical Spanish themes.

I was there about 6:10 a.m.  The day was still dark with small streaks of light which gave the area an atmosphere of mystery.  All the restaurants of the street were closed.

The terrace outside this particular restaurant had several black tables and chairs aligned in  neat order.  Somebody had cleaned the place up  insuring that everything was spic and span. There was not a soul around.

I touched one of the tables and it was cold.  The warmth of the excitement had disappeared together with the noisy revelers who headed back to their homes after an agitated evening.  The music, food, dancing, alcohol, laughter…all had vanished.  Only the cold and empty black chairs and tables remained in the semi-dark room.

This is how the room looked like after the hullabaloo had gone away.  Here we go.

Picture of the empty seats and tables of Sanchos Corner on an early Sunday morning.  (Credit:  Omar Upegui R.)
Picture of the empty seats and tables of Sancho's Corner on an early Sunday morning. (Credit: Omar Upegui R.)
An empty room with cold tables and chairs after the Food, music and excitement had finished.  (Credit:  Omar Upegui R.)
An empty room with cold tables and chairs after the food, music and excitement had vanished. (Credit: Omar Upegui R.)
Empty chairs and tables at Sanchos Corner after all the clients went home and called it a night.  (Credit:  Omar Upegui R.)
Empty chairs and tables at Sancho's Corner after all the clients went home and called it a night. (Credit: Omar Upegui R.)

Yep, everything was quiet that Sunday morning at Via Argentina.  The noisy revelers had gone to sleep.  Good Day.

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